Putting a hanging lamp somewhere in your house always presents a dilemma: how to hide the power cord. Designer Michael Anastassiades brings the power cord out into the open in his series String Lights for Italian lighting brand Flos.
Rather than trying to blend the cords in with the walls to make them fade into the background, Anastassiades turns them into part of the design. They create volumes and shapes in the air, drawing unique geometric visions against the walls and ceilings.
Seen from a certain angle, the cord and LED light arrangements look like simple pencil drawings on a white background. It is this simplicity which makes the cord arrangements so compelling: the cords are always there, but it look a different point of view to make them stand out.
Inspiration behind the design
“Every time I take the train, I sit by the window and watch the series of perfectly parallel strings connecting the pylons, as we move at high speed,” explains designer Michael Anastassiades. “I love the way they divide the landscape and how spheres are occasionally beaded through the wires at random intervals. I also love how, in Mediterranean cultures, strings of lights are stretched between posts to mark an outdoor space for an evening party in a village square. And finally, I love how human ingenuity works around problems created by everyday things in the house (like switches and power points) that others have chosen to position where we don’t want them.”
About Designer Michael Anastassiades
“Michael Anastassiades studied industrial design and engineering at London’s Royal College of Art and Imperial College. He founded his London design studio in 1994, and began collaborating with many respected firms, including Studio Mumbai.”
“Michael has worked with some of the world’s leading architects, including David Chipperfield and John Pawson, as well as interior designers such as Studio Ilse. His lights can be seen in hotels, restaurants, and stores worldwide, including the Grand Hotel Stockholm, Soho House New York, and the Sergio Rossi boutiques worldwide.”